Hello all, Firstly, sorry for the long post, I was just wondering if someone is in a similar position and would like to hear their thoughts and how they deal with certain things. If it is too long, just skip to the questions I have under each paragraph. I was never spending much time studying. Both in school and in university I used to waste a lot of time by either reading about unrelated stuff or just finding an excuse not to study. I managed to learn the material by solving many problems in the last few days/weeks before the tests/exams. This worked well in school and my first year, in my second year it did not go as well, but not too bad. However, my third year is a different game. I spend studying much more time, however, I start to notice knowledge gaps creeping in, and the worst thing is, that these are usually small tricks or rules which come more from a specific knowledge about that trick. The other problem I have is that understanding does not come as fast as it used to, I do not see connections between the courses anymore (however, doing a joint degree destroys the normal program one would do in a single degree program). So questions for now : 1) Do you often encounter gaps in your knowledge ? Is it easy for you to deal with them ? 2) Do you easily make connections between the courses ? Recently, thoughts of whether I made the right decision to study physics/maths was a good one, have been visiting me. When I was at school I was rather naive and getting good grades made me feel that I would be OK for the subject. When I learnt about fusion energy it motivated me to study physics even more (should have checked, that that field needs engineers more than physicists...). Back then I simply viewed everything through pink glasses (my physics teacher only decided to tell me it is going to be hard and some subjects will be understandable only for the lucky few, only after I started uni...). The fact that I was not that good at physics/maths olympiads did not bother me (now I think that people who really want to do science, should be good at those). I am starting to encounter concepts which even with the explanation of a lecturer in his office hours, I do not get it. I am not used to not understanding stuff quickly so it is very frustrating. 3) Have you ever thought, that it was a bad idea to do science and you should have gone into some more simple subject that would be directly applicable in a field where, say, making money is the priority ? 4) Are there any concepts you simply cannot understand in your course ? Does it eventually click ? To me it always seemed (and still does) that being a scientist/mathematician is one of the few meaningful career paths. However, now I am thinking that this should be left for the really talented ones, as I do not believe that hard work is all you need(the talented ones will get the concepts a lot easier and with putting in a lot less time, hence will have more time for exploring the subject further and faster), but maybe I do not understand what working hard means ? I view it as spending hours by reading the material carefully and trying to understand what the text is saying, then applying it to problems(ideally at least). I have read many "How to study" guides, but seem do not find an effective way to learn stuff fast. 5) How do you define studying hard ? How do you do it ? 6) Can you easily solve problems that are very different to what you have ever seen before ? 7) What is your usual approach in dealing with such problems (I usually end up googling rather then thinking about it) Since I do not feel fit for being a scientist I was thinking of doing some engineering masters, however, maybe to challenging there as well, so I think that the best way to go would be to try and end up in some finance-actuarial-other care for money only 9-5 office job. Physics/maths did provide me skills that such employers usually look for. 8) Did anyone switch to engineering after a physics/maths degree ? How did it go ? 9) Are you strongly considering pursuing a directly science unrelated career ? So thanks for reading this. I would really appreciate any answers to the questions I have or just your general thoughts on the matter.